Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Security In Iraq Jan 8-14, 2019

(Iraqi News)

The number of incidents remained at exactly the same level between the first and second weeks of January. The number of casualties took a large drop due to two things. There were two new mass graves uncovered of victims of the Islamic State, and there were two car bombs.

There were a total of 32 incidents from January 8-14. 2 of those were Turkish air strikes upon the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq leaving 30 due to the Islamic State. Diyala and Kirkuk led the country with 7 incidents each.

Security Incidents In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Anbar
6
3
Babil
-
1
Baghdad
3
4
Diyala
5
7
Kirkuk
10
7
KRG
1
2
Ninewa
3
3
Salahaddin
4
5
TOTALS
32
32

Casualties In Iraq By Province
Province
Jan 1-7
Jan 8-14
Anbar
4 (1K, 3)
30 (4K, 26W)
Babil
-
2 (2W)
Baghdad
3 (3K)
3 (3K)
Diyala
2 (2W)
3 (1K, 2W)
Kirkuk
16 (2K, 14W)
11 (5K, 6W)
KRG
7 (7K)
3 (3K)
Ninewa
3 (3K)
69 (69K)
Salahaddin
6 (1K, 5)
29 (12K, 17W)
TOTALS
41 (17K, 24W)
150 (97K, 53W)

There were a large number of casualties during the 2nd week of January with 97 deaths and 53 injured. That was largely due to two mass graves being found in Ninewa. One contained 38 women and the other 28 soldiers, all executed by the Islamic State. Minus that Salahaddin with 29 and Anbar with 30 casualties each led the country. In total, there were 31 violent deaths. 3 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 8 Hashd al-Shaabi, 28 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 58 civilians died and 3 Hashd and 50 civilians were wounded.

There were only three incidents in Anbar, but one of those was a car bomb. That occurred in Qaim in the west near the Syrian border leaving 2 dead and 25 wounded. The week before there was a suicide bombing in the center of the governorate. A mukhtar was also assassinated south of Fallujah. That marked the fourth month in a row that a town leader was killed. IS largely withdrew from Anbar at the end of 2017, but the attacks upon the mukhtars is important because IS has used this tactic before to assert its control over rural areas. While incidents have remained low IS has launched a steady flow of mass casualty bombings in the province.

An IED wounded 2 Hashd in the Jurf al-Sakhr district of northeast Babil. Attacks in that province are rare, but when they do happen they are almost always in that area.

Baghdad is another province that IS has largely stepped away from. There were just four incidents that were the likely work of the insurgents. All were shootings and took place in the towns in the outer north, south and west.

Central Iraq is the core base of the insurgency. Diyala saw 7 incidents, there were 7 in Kirkuk, and 3 in Ninewa. IS may also be returning to Salahaddin that had 5 incidents. IS burned a gravel plant and there was a shooting in the Khanaqin district in northeast Diyala. The militants have moved into this area after the federal government took over from the Kurds because now there are not enough forces deployed there to provide adequate security. There were also three rocket and mortar attacks in the Muqtadiya and Baquba districts in the center and west. In Kirkuk, two checkpoints were attacked and a Hashd was killed in front of his house in the Dibs district in the north, and a house was blown up in Hawija in the south for cooperating with the Iraqi forces. In Ninewa a mukhtar was killed in the north. Finally, in Salahaddin a suicide truck bomb went off in Tikrit leaving 3 fatalities and 10 injured. IS also attacked a group of Hashd in Yathrib, attacked a checkpoint killing 5 Hashd, and kidnapped several people, three of which were later found dead. These are all the tactics the group has been carrying out since the start of last year. They are meant to challenge local governments and security forces, and raise money. The attacks on the gravel plant for example, might have been done to extort money from the owners. The Iraqi forces have been completely ineffective in stopping the Islamic State’s re-emergence in the rural areas of these four provinces. The Iraqi forces tend to stick to checkpoints and bases, IS leaves when security sweeps are conducted and return afterward, and the government is almost completely absent at night. IS continues to hit Iraqi cities with vehicle bombs as well. The numbers remain low, but it shows that its networks are still active into urban areas.

Islamic State Activity in Iraq 2018-19
Anbar
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Mortars/
Rockets
Kidnappings
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
8
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
1
Feb
3
8
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
6
15
3
2
-
1
1
-
-
Apr
1
5
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
May
2
7
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Jun
4
3
2
-
-
-
1
-
-
Jul
3
5
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
Aug
4
4
2
1
-
-
-
-
1
Sep
3
8
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
Oct
9
5
3
1
1
-
2
1
1
Nov
1
3
-
-
1
-
1
-
-
Dec
1
4
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
Jan 2019
3
2
1
-
1
-
-
1
1

Diyala
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Rockets
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
20
24
2
7
-
1
-
6
1
1
Feb
14
13
4
3
-
-
-
-
1
-
Mar
29
21
14
5
1
2
1
5
-
-
Apr
13
18
2
2
-
-
-
2
-
-
May
11
11
1
3
1
1
3
4
1
-
Jun
32
17
5
12
-
1
5
4
-
-
Jul
20
19
2
3
-
2
3
1
-
-
Aug
17
18
2
2
1
1
3
3
-
-
Sep
20
12
5
1
-
2
5
5
-
-
Oct
11
22
2
-
1
1
-
4
-
-
Nov
17
13
5
2
1
1
4
4
-
-
Dec
15
10
3
3
-
1
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
6
1
2
-
-
-
-
3
-
-

Kirkuk
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Rockets
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
13
6
4
1
-
-
-
3
3
1
Feb
21
10
7
3
-
-
-
4
1
-
Mar
22
15
11
2
-
2
1
3
1
1
Apr
18
4
3
1
-
-
8
1
-
1
May
14
28
2
-
2
1
1
4
4
-
Jun
25
12
4
2
-
2
10
6
-
-
Jul
7
20
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
Aug
7
20
2
1
2
-
-
2
-
1
Sep
14
25
2
2
1
3
4
2
-
-
Oct
16
29
1
4
4
1
4
2
-
1
Nov
7
7
2
-
-
2
-
1
-
-
Dec
8
6
-
-
1
3
1
2
-
-
Jan 2019
5
11
-
3
-
-
-
2
-
-

Ninewa
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
18
8
7
1
1
-
-
-
-
Feb
19
7
8
1
-
1
-
1
-
Mar
20
6
7
1
-
1
-
-
-
Apr
8
6
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
May
11
6
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
Jun
7
2
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
Jul
9
9
1
1
1
1
2
-
-
Aug
9
9
2
-
-
1
1
-
-
Sep
8
3
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
Oct
13
5
-
1
-
1
-
-
1
Nov
9
7
2
1
-
-
3
-
1
Dec
8
6
1
-
3
1
-
-
1
Jan 2019
3
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-

Salahaddin
Shootings
(Totals)
IEDs/
Sticky Bombs
(Totals)
Gun Battles
Attacks on Checkpoints
Attacks on Mukhtars/
Sheikhs
Kidnappings
Attacks on Towns
Mortars
Rockets
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Jan 2018
11
9
8
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
Feb
7
5
1
1
-
2
-
-
-
-
Mar
23
8
9
2
-
3
-
-
1
-
Apr
6
8
2
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
May
14
10
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
-
Jun
15
15
4
1
-
7
-
-
-
1
Jul
9
6
-
4
-
-
2
1
1
-
Aug
9
15
1
3
-
1
1
1
1
-
Sep
5
10
1
1
-
-
1
1
3
1
Oct
2
9
1
-
-
1
-
1
1
-
Nov
5
7
2
2
-
1
-
1
-
2
Dec
4
-
2
1
-
1
-
1
-
-
Jan 2019
4
1
2
1
-
3
-
-
-
1
(Gun Battles, Attacks on Checkpoints, Attacks on Mukhtars, Attacks on Towns are all subsets of the total number of shootings and IEDs/Sticky Bombs reported)

Suicide-Car Bombs In Iraq 2018-19
Month
Suicide Bombers
Car Bombs
Totals
Jan
7
(1- Diyala,
3 – Baghdad/Baghdad,
3 - Kirkuk)
6
(1- Anbar,
1 – Diyala,
1 – Kirkuk,
1 – Salahaddin,
2 - Babil)
13
Feb
4
(1 – Anbar/Ramadi
1 – Diyala
1 – Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
-
4
Mar
2
(1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk
1 - Salahaddin)
1
(1 – Kirkuk)
3
Apr
4
(1 - Salahaddin
3 – Anbar)
1
(1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk)
5
May
8
(1 – Diyala
1 - Salahaddin)
2 – Baghdad/1 - Baghdad
4 - Kirkuk)
-
8
Jun

1
(1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
1
Jul
1
(1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
1
(1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk)
2
Aug
1
(1 – Salahaddin)
2
(1 – Anbar,
1 – Kirkuk)
3
Sep
6
(1 – Ninewa)
2 – Anbar
3 – Salahaddin)
2
(1 – Kirkuk
1 – Salahaddin)
8
Oct
2
(1 – Anbar/Fallujah
1 – Salahaddin)
3
(1 – Anbar/Fallujah
1 – Kirkuk/Kirkuk
1 - Ninewa)
5
Nov
-
3
(1 – Ninewa/Mosul
2 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
3
Dec
-
1
(1 – Ninewa)
1
Jan
1
(1 – Anbar)
2
(1 – Anbar
1 – Salahaddin/Tikrit)
3

Security In Iraq 2018-19
Week
Security
Incidents
Dead
Wounded
JAN 2018
265
417
(196 Bodies Found)
366
Feb 1-7
58
192
62
Feb 8-14
57
58
91
Feb 15-21
53
343
43
Feb 22-28
46
38
70
FEB
214
631
(215 Violent Deaths)
266
Mar 1-7
68
115
79
Mar 8-14
52
75
59
Mar 15-21
64
165
98
Mar 22-28
77
210
61
Mar 29-31
19
26
34
MAR
280
591
(446 Violent Deaths)
331
Apr 1-7
38
172
27
Apr 8-14
60
173
81
Apr 15-21
43
63
72
Apr 22-28
40
60
39
Apr 29-30
12
14
4
APR
193
482
(236 Violent Deaths)
223
May 1-7
45
52
55
May 8-14
55
68
49
May 15-21
35
55
80
May 22-28
49
72
51
May 29-31
16
39
15
MAY
200
286
(261 Violent Deaths)
250
Jun 1-7
50
96
29
Jun 8-14
67
107
88
Jun 15-21
40
82
19
Jun 22-28
45
53
62
Jun 29-30
17
21
14
JUN
219
359
(315 Violent Deaths)
212
Jul 1-7
50
56
90
Jul 8-14
42
56
31
Jul 15-21
50
59
63
Jul 22-28
29
61
19
Jul 29-31
23
25
11
JUL
194
257
(212 Violent Deaths)
214
Aug 1-7
43
49
30
Aug 8-14
43
38
44
Aug 15-21
38
24
40
Aug 22-28
35
25
61
Aug 29-31
27
68
43
AUG
186
204
(189 Violent Deaths)
218
Sep 1-7
38
44
54
Sep 8-14
48
63
127
Sep 15-21
44
90
70
Sep 22-28
36
22
27
Sep 29-30
9
19
29
SEP
175
237
(179 Violent Deaths)
307
Oct 1-7
54
85
92
Oct 8-14
43
161
41
Oct 15-21
54
87
35
Oct 22-28
24
24
53
Oct 29-31
23
10
24
OCT
198
367
(177 Violent Deaths)
245
Nov 1-7
32
75
36
Nov 8-14
39
111
19
Nov 15-21
30
51
29
Nov 22-28
26
36
30
Nov 29-30
9
4
27
NOV
136
276
(183 Violent Deaths_
141
Dec 1-7
22
21
11
Dec 8-14
22
15
22
Dec 15-21
23
23
17
Dec 22-28
30
24
37
Dec 29-31
15
225
4
DEC
112
308
(96 Violent Deaths)
91
Jan 1-7
32
17
24
Jan 8-14
32
97
53

Violence By Province Jan 8-14, 2019
Province
Violence
Anbar
3 Incidents
4 Killed
4 Civilians
26 Wounded
26 Civilians

1 Shooting
1 IED
1 Car Bomb
Babil
1 Incident
2 Wounded
2 Hashd

1 IED
Baghdad
4 Incidents
3 Killed
3 Civilians

4 Shootings
Diyala
7 Incidents
1 Killed
1 Civilian
2 Wounded
2 Civilians

3 Shootings
2 Mortars
1 Rockets
Kirkuk
7 Incidents
5 Killed
2 Hashd
3 Civilians
6 Wounded
6 Civilians

3 Shootings
4 IEDs
Kurdistan
2 Incidents
3 Killed
3 PKK

2 Turkish Air Strikes
Ninewa
3 Incidents
69 Killed
28 ISF
41 Civilians

2 Shootings
Salahaddin
5 Incidents
12 Killed
6 Civilians
6 Hashd
17 Wounded
1 Hashd
16 Civilians

3 Shootings
1 Suicide Truck Bomb

SOURCES

Anadolu Agency, "Turkish jets 'neutralize' at least 3 terrorists in N. Iraq," 1/13/19

Baghdad Post, "Gunmen kill a civilian with stun guns in the Diyala bridge area of Baghdad," 1/10/19
- "Gunmen kill a Mukhtar near his home in Fallujah," 1/14/19
- "A mass grave containing the remains of 28 Iraqi soldiers was found south of Mosul," 1/13/19
- "A mass grave containing the remains of 38 women was found south of Mosul," 1/9/19
- "Unknown gunmen kill a civilian with silenced weapons in Baghdad," 1/8/19

Bas News, "IS Kills Another Village Chief in North of Iraq," 1/10/19

Ebraheem, Mohammed, "Pro-govt fighter killed in armed attack by Islamic State on Kirkuk checkpoint," Iraqi News, 1/14/19
- "UPDATED: Death toll from Tikrit car bomb blast rises to three," Iraqi News, 1/8/19

Al Forat, "A rocket strike near Baquba," 1/14/19

Iraq Newspaper, "Daesh Terrorists Announce Two Attacks In Kirkuk And Fallujah," 1/2/19
- "Daesh Terrorists Execute Officers And Leaders In The Popular Crowd in The Yathrib Farms Area," 1/11/19
- "Emergency Order Salahaddin: The Daesh Terrorists Attacked Checkpoint In Shahama And Killed 5 Of Our Members," 1/14/19
- "Muqtar Al-Hirmat In Mosul Killed And The Execution Of Three Citizens In Siniya," 1/10/19

Al Maalomah, "The popular crowd liberates sheep herders who were kidnapped by Daesh in Alam," 1/12/19

NINA, "Daesh blew up a house of a civilian in cooperation with the security forces in a village in Hawija," 1/13/19
- "A Fighter Of Popular Mobilization Forces Killed In Dibs District, Kirkuk," 1/14/19
- "Terrorist Set Fire In A Gravel And Sand Plant Northeast Of Baquba," 1/10/19
- "Two civilians wounded in armed attack northeast of Baquba," 1/11/19
- "Two members of the popular crowd were injured by a bomb exploded north Babylon," 1/11/19

Shafaaq News, "A member of the crowd was killed in a Daesh attack near Kirkuk," 1/13/19

Al Sumaria, "A civilian was killed in an armed attack southeast of Baghdad," 1/12/19

Xinhua, "2 killed, 25 injured in car bomb attack in western Iraq," 1/11/19

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